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Caplan / Wilk Family Papers

Identifier: MS 0988
Finding aid note: Forms part of the Houston Jewish History Archive. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Content Description

One box containing a BBG booklet honoring Alan Gerger; "My Memoirs," by Lena Zellah Dow Caplan; JCC annual reports; JCC 70th anniversary booklet, program, and bookmark; data CDs containling lists of past presidents,photos, and event information; DVD titled "JCC: 70 Years - a Houston Landmark" document some activities undertaken by the Caplan / Wilk family from 1969 to 2006.


  • Creation: 1969 - 2006

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center and requires 24 hrs. retrieval time. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Caplan / Wilk Family Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

The Woodson Research Center use policy is that researchers assume sole responsibility for any infringement of privacy, literary rights, copyrights, or other rights arising from their use of the archival materials. In addition to any restrictions placed by donors, certain kinds of archival materials are restricted for the life of the creator plus 50 years. These materials include, but are not limited to, student grades, transcripts, and any job applications or recommendations.

Biographical / Historical

Lena Zellah Dow Caplan was born May 3, 1898, in Russia to Ruben and Bessie Dow. The family immigrated to the United States in 1905 and settled in Houston.

Louis Capuchevsky Caplan was born in Ukraine on January 16, 1895, to Samuel and Rebecca Rabinowitz Caplan. The family immigrated to the United States in 1904, settling in Houston.

In 1920, Lena Dow married Louis Caplan in Harris County. Lena and Louis had three children: Zelda, Irwin, and Harold. They were active members of Congregation Beth Yeshurun.

Lena died September 24, 1980 and Louis died November 29, 1985. Both are buried at Adath Emeth Cemetery in Houston.


.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



One box containing Jewish Community Center materials, a BBG booklet, and a memoir by Lena Zellah Dow Caplan document some of the history of, and activities participated in by, the Caplan / Wilk families.


The materials in this collection have been arranged in one series as follows:

Series I: General

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Leigh Caplan Wilk donated the materials in August 2021.

Guide to the Caplan / Wilk Family Papers, 1969-2006
Traci Patterson
September 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA